A new twice-weekly rail freight service in each direction between Ballina and Waterford Port will commence at the end of June. The service is a collaboration between Iarnrod Eireann and XPO Logistics and will offer a greener and more efficient mode of transporting freight between the West and Southeast of Ireland.
According to Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary the announcement brings with it the potential for over 5,000 truck movements a year to switch from road to rail, with a resulting reduction in road congestion, and 75% reduction in emissions per unit.
“This is great news for Ballina Station and its long-term viability,” said Deputy Calleary.
“In recent meetings with Iarnroid Eireann I have advocated the potential of the station for increased freight services particularly with Waterford Port and I am delighted that this new service is to commence in June.
“It also adds another dimension for companies and businesses, both existing and those thinking of relocating to Mayo and adds greatly to the attractiveness of the county for any such potential employers.”
Deputy Calleary offered congratulations to everyone involved in the initiative, in particular the staff of Ballina Station.